Tom Hill, IPA International Infrastructure Analyst, reflects on IPA International Team's achievements through the Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP) over the past few years.
Whilst successful project initiation can take more time at the start, this will be repaid many times over later on in delivery.
The COVID-19 crisis has already, and will continue to, cause many complex hurdles. Collaboration will be essential to overcoming these hurdles. The Benchmarking Capability Tool is a prime example of the benefits and success that can be driven by cross-industry collaboration.
Our world is changing around us every day and this means that we are being challenged to think differently and come up with innovative ideas to build infrastructure that is resilient in tomorrow’s world.
Better integration across sectors will mean that projects can be consistently selected and planned on the basis of their ability to deliver the government’s long-term economic, environmental and social priorities. In order to investigate how we can better work together on this, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, in collaboration with the Geospatial Commission, hosted a Hackathon in February.
Digital and manufacturing techniques have been used to great success in the construction of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement road scheme. The IPA team saw this first hand on our recent visit to the project.
As part of the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) programme, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) is establishing a benchmarking methodology that aims to support and encourage more consistent benchmarking across infrastructure.
The Government has ambitious plans for infrastructure, with a pipeline of over £600 billion of investment. Yet neither in the UK or abroad, are there consistent ways of benchmarking infrastructure.
The IPA has helped establish DCMS’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme that will help the UK be among the leading nations in developing and deploying new capabilities enabled by 5G.
The IPA’s purpose is to support departments to deliver projects and programmes more effectively, however when it comes to Infrastructure Funds, this is an example of where the IPA is delivering a project directly.